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April 21, 2017

From God, For God | Watch a Family’s Adoption Video

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Our thanks to Ben & Amanda for sharing this video! My name is Amanda. I was 11 years old when God put the call on my heart to adopt. When a high school mentor spoke to our fifth grade class about her goals, including adopting a child, I was convinced. This new idea of adoption instantly became my passion–a passion I’ve carried in my heart for years. When my husband, Ben, and I began the process of adopting our child, my parents sent us two gifts–a teddy bear and a stuffed giraffe. We did not know if we would be welcoming a boy or a girl, or where in the age spectrum of zero to three years our child would fall. For years we underwent home studies and gathered official documents. But in case I ever needed a reminder of what all this work was for, I had the teddy … Continue reading

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April 19, 2017

We Needed Our Church | Mission Moment

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  Andy and Abby Huette know first-hand the powerful impact of being loved and supported by their church family during and after an adoption. In 2008 the couple joined a short-term mission team to Lifesong School in Zambia where God broke their hearts for the orphan. Leaving the children of Zambia to return home was hard, and Andy and Abby felt confident they would someday pursue adoption. How It All Began Abby was ready to start the adoption process when their only child was 9 months old. And while Andy–a pastor–felt it was critically important to lead his church family by example to love the fatherless, he thought maybe adoption was something they should pursue later–when they didn’t already have a new baby in the home. But God had different plans. While sitting at a McDonald’s one morning, Andy began reading in Deuteronomy while listening to music through his earbuds. He arrived at Deuteronomy 6:6-7: And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall … Continue reading

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April 14, 2017

How Easter Changes Everything About YOUR Story

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It’s one of the great mysteries of Christianity in Western culture–that we devote months to Christmas and only a weekend (at most!) to Easter. When we read the account of Christ’s death–arguably the most horrific event in human history–we hear Him weep in Gethsemane, watch Him suffer in Roman custody, follow Him on His excruciating trip to Golgotha, witness His unfaltering commitment as He is brutally nailed to the Cross, listen as He forgives the thief beside Him, and see Him ultimately die for our sins in the greatest act of compassion ever shown to humanity. We can’t wait–for His sake and for ours–to get to the resurrection morning. We want to see Christ victorious. But–if we’re honest–this year, the whole weekend could be here and gone without us stopping to ponder what it truly means for our story–how the action of Jesus to die and then conquer death actually motivates us to do anything and everything good … Continue reading

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April 12, 2017

Hope on the Horizon: Remembering Dr. Karyn Purvis

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1 year ago today, Dr. Karyn Purvis–internationally renowned child development expert, popular speaker, author, and passionate advocate for vulnerable children–went to be with the Lord. On August 20, 2014, several of foster care’s leading thinkers met in Oklahoma City to share ideas that are making a difference. Dr. Karyn Purvis–with her trademark compassion and her hair cut short from the effects of cancer–shared many thoughts with the group. Here are a few highlights– God has a plan. We serve a God of extravagant love. It’s the God of extravagant love that we see in the Gospels when parents bring their children to Jesus. He scoops them up in His arms and He holds them and He blesses them. And He gives them all that He is. That’s extravagant love. This God that we serve also has an extravagant plan. And even when we don’t think the plan worked, there’s still a plan. This is the God … Continue reading

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April 10, 2017

Come Be Part of the Mission in Haiti!

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You are invited to stay and work with our team in the new Guest House in Bercy, Haiti! We are excited to announce that the new Guest House is available to welcome church groups this summer. Come be part of what God is doing in Haiti!   View a Sample Itinerary The goal of Lifesong Open Arms Haiti is to care for the physical, spiritual, educational, and future employment needs of nearly 300 orphaned and vulnerable children, raising leaders of faith who will impact the nation of Haiti. Additionally, Lifesong Open Arms Haiti joyfully employs indigenous workers in their self-sustaining business initiatives. With the Guest House now open and ready for teams to come and stay, you can see Lifesong Open Arms for yourself and participate in ministry opportunities such as– feeding program kids club soccer program movie night with community evangelism home visits prayer walking in the community   Accommodations for the newly open Guest … Continue reading

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April 7, 2017

Why One Couple Chose to Adopt a Child with Special Needs

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Dear Lifesong, “Conlan, come hooooome!” our 4-year-old son, Lachlan, cried out for months. And now, he is. Conlan made us into a family of four in April 2016 and we are so thankful for the Lord’s provision in our journey to and through adoption. Lachlan was actually one of the catalysts in our pursuit of special needs adoption. Born with a rare brain malformation and muscular dystrophy, his intrinsic value, no matter how long his list of diagnoses grows, is God-breathed, and we are joyful and thankful for his life. We wanted to be family for another child whose needs might be considered daunting, knowing that it’s not by our own strength that we forge through uncharted seas. And while we know the real journey has only begun, we are so grateful that Conlan is finally home. He’s a nurturing, silly, observant 3-year-old who fits so well with our family. … Continue reading

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April 5, 2017

How to Breathe Life into Your Church Adoption Culture

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Adoptive families crave authentic, supportive community, and there should be no better place to find it than in the local church. Plain and simply, when families step into foster care and adoption, they enter the pain and suffering of another human being. In doing so, they often become the brokenhearted. In taking on the burdens once belonging solely to the child in their care, parents become the weary, discouraged, and overwhelmed in need of a timely word or helping hand. The church, by its very definition, exists for hurting people and should be the safest place for families to find the hope that exists in Christ. Here are 3 ways to breathe life into your church’s adoption culture– 1. Encourage truth. The “How are you? —Fine” scenario is cliche in our culture, but it shouldn’t be the pattern in our church family. As foster/adoptive parents bring wounded children into the church assembly–some of whom … Continue reading

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